login about faq

To prove you're not a spammer, email newuser.lgqa@gmail.com with the subject "Account Request" to request an account.

Was wondering if it handles film editing easily or if it struggles ?

asked Sep 19 '10 at 03:23

raydvd's gravatar image


GOOD QUESTION! I'd venture to guess that it would be like film editing on an iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.!? I wouldn't get my hopes up compared to using a full blown Mac or PC.

answered Sep 19 '10 at 03:45

r0bErT4u's gravatar image


no, it wouldnt be as bad as tbhat, the ac 'mini does have a dual core cpu and an ok integrated graphics card. but it still woudnt be fun.

(Sep 19 '10 at 04:39) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Mac mini uses integrated graphics, any system that doesn't have independent graphics will not do well with video editing. I would suggest getting an iMac, or if you can afford it, a Mac Pro.

answered Sep 19 '10 at 03:58

refrwfrwgrfd's gravatar image


note: iPhone 4 footage is not real HD film editing...

(Sep 19 '10 at 21:51) sillymansam sillymansam's gravatar image

i actually use a mac mini, and programs like after effects cs5 an premiere pro, and actually neverhad any peoblems toedit full hd fottage, it runns pretty smoothly, i only own the 2009 moddel though, so thenewone should be even better, i believe

answered Sep 19 '10 at 04:07

ggsm26's gravatar image


It is going to be hard and long to render video. Already editing standard video on a mac mini is not recommended, but possible

answered Sep 19 '10 at 04:28

kevin's gravatar image

kevin ♦♦

if you don't plan to use final cut then i would have to recommend a windows pc for the price, you will have much more power to run your chosen program on

answered Sep 19 '10 at 04:40

Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Tim Fontana

Mac Minis are very powerful computers compared to what a lot of people think. I recommend a Mac Mini for people who want to use iMovie mainly, but you can run more powerful applications like CS5 and Final Cut without lag. Of course the rendering/export time will be longer, because it's not the fastest computer out there, but it will get the job done.

Since you asked if a Mac Mini is powerful enough for HD film editing, the answer to your question is yes.

answered Sep 19 '10 at 16:43

catchatyou's gravatar image


I use a 24" iMac, and a 2009 Mac Mini for my projects. Both of them handling video editing well enough. But it's the actual export or transcoding of the video that takes forever.

A 15-minute YouTube video could take an hour. A 2-hour show takes 8 hours or so.

It really kills my momentum having to wait so long for the final product.

answered Sep 19 '10 at 21:44

ronknights's gravatar image


I use a mid 2009 15" Macbook Pro with Final Cut Studio. The specs are slightly inferior to the $1000 mac mini. I use it to edit HDV video and it actually works quite well. I'm sure an iMac performs much better but I can't complain. The videos I make are usually under 5 minutes, but the only problem you would have with longer videos is export time and that's not that big of a deal. If you plan on using a visual effects program such as Motion or After Effects extensively then I recommend a machine with a better graphics card and more RAM. Motion gets very slow on me if I complicate my scene too much.

But as far as straight forward video and audio editing is concerned the $1000 Mac Mini should work great (SD or HD).

answered Sep 20 '10 at 00:31

sfrancis928's gravatar image


Your answer
toggle preview

Follow this question

By Email:

Once you sign in you will be able to subscribe for any updates here



Answers and Comments

Markdown Basics

  • *italic* or __italic__
  • **bold** or __bold__
  • link:[text](http://url.com/ "title")
  • image?![alt text](/path/img.jpg "title")
  • numbered list: 1. Foo 2. Bar
  • to add a line break simply add two spaces to where you would like the new line to be.
  • basic HTML tags are also supported



Asked: Sep 19 '10 at 03:23

Seen: 5,995 times

Last updated: Sep 20 '10 at 00:31